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How to Entertain Kids at the Pediatrician's Office

BabySugar Diaries: How to Entertain Tots Waiting For the Doc

There are few things I despise more than waiting. Like most mamas, I try to squeeze appointments between school runs, work obligations, and my children's play schedules. So when I am forced to sit waiting at the doctor's office, I spend much of the time thinking about where else I'd rather be.

We've been spending a lot of time in doctors' offices these days as my younger son goes through a battery of tests to pinpoint a suspected food allergy. I've learned that kids spend waiting times looking for ways to get into trouble. While I try to fill my bag with Mary Poppins-like distractions, I've also discovered a few "homegrown" activities to pass the time.

  • Tap a tune. Grab a few tongue depressors and start tapping to the beat of your favorite song. Your makeshift drumsticks may even inspire you to create a new song.
  • 99 Luftballons. When filled with mama's hot air, doctors' rubber gloves make great balloons. Fill a few and start batting them around. Give a few fun high fives. Start a rousing rendition of "This Little Piggy". The novelty of the balloons will help pass at least a few minutes.
  • iSpy. The doctor's office offers up plenty of new objects (especially shiny ones) to fuel this game.
  • Guess the weight. Infant scales are especially sensitive, which make them ideal for measuring the weight of objects in mama's purse.
  • Obstacle course. Line up some tongue depressors (again, these are the workhorse of the pediatrician's office), paper cups, cotton balls, and anything else you might find to create a one-of-a-kind obstacle course. Have your lil one walk on the sticks, jump over the cups, and hop onto the cotton balls. If time is still lagging, start timing how fast they can complete the activity.
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